Gangtok, 06 May:
Sikkim Government will form an Economic Revival Committee (ERC)soon to examine all issues related to the state’s economy especially losses suffered by the tourism sector due to the COVID-19 situation, informed Chief Minister, PS Tamang responding to a query by SummitTimes in a press conference held today at Samman Bhawan.
“We will deliberate and based on the recommendations of the ERC come up with relief package or solution for the tourism industry,” said the CM.
He informed that the representatives of the tourism sector have submitted a representation to the government on the losses suffered by the industry in the state.
The future of tourism depends on the situation in other states because we cannot allow tourists from other states or countries to come to Sikkim until and unless it is safe to do so, he added.
It may be mentioned that according to Travels Agents Association of Sikkim and Sikkim Hotels and Restaurants Association, the tourism industry in Sikkim has incurred losses of uptoRs 1100 crore in the last two months.
He also made it clear that at this point of time the Sikkim government has no plan to impose any taxes on the people to mitigate problems related the economy but will maintain austerity measures to cope with the situation.
As of now, 5,855 Sikkimese who are outside the state have registered their names, he informed.
On receiving criticism from various cornersabout the students from Kota, Rajasthan who were brought back to Sikkim on Tuesday, the CM clarified that Educational institutions in consultation with their respective governments had brought the students toSiliguri and from there, the state government took charge and put them under quarantine.
He said that the Sikkim government will treat people stranded outside the state without any prejudice or ill-will, adding that all the students and other people including the patients will be brought back as per the standard operating procedure in a phased manner.
Countering allegations of numerous government notifications confusing the public at large, the CM said, “The government has adopted corrective measures as per the situation keeping in mind the convenience of the public.”
The government may take appropriate decision as and when required, he said and directed the administration to take action against those who flout norms of the Disaster Management Act willfully.
He informed that those who are entering the State through illegal means will be charged with attempt to murder under Indian Penal Code.
He informed that many outside the state have chosen to stay where they are for their own safety as well as those in Sikkim, and to such persons the state government will provide all possible support.
He appealed to Sikkimese people not to come out of their homes unless they have important work and urged them to keep calm and patient.